Support your community while saving on organic food at farmers markets

Farmers marketsWherever you live in Australia, you’re bound to be close to a farmers’ market. These are the vibrant community spaces where everyone from local producers to backyard amateurs get the chance to sell their (mostly) organic produce. There is usually entertainment, events for kids, great coffee, and of course many, many food stalls (depending on the size of the market). It’s an event that brings the community together. Just as importantly though, it’s a great place to save money on organic food. Continue reading “Support your community while saving on organic food at farmers markets”

UK sees dramatic boost in organic food sales in 2016

News Information Newsletter NewspaperAccording to the United Kingdom’s the Soil Association, sales of organic food in the country grew by 7.1 percent to £2.09 billion ($3.38 billion). The association’s Organic Report, published in February, found organic now accounts for 1.5 percent of the total UK food and drink market.

The strong growth reflects recent findings from research group England Marketing that showed 39 percent of British shoppers bought organic food and drink regularly and 80 percent said they had some knowledge of organic food and how it was produced. Continue reading “UK sees dramatic boost in organic food sales in 2016”

Dig dandelions for a scrumptious roasted brew

Margaret Paton harvesting dandelions
Margaret Paton harvesting dandelions

The definition of a weed is an unwanted plant competing with other, more desired plants such as vegetables, flowers or grass. But what if you could turn it into something useful (and tasty)?

Margaret Paton, a freelance writer from the Central West of NSW, permaculture enthusiast, forager extraordinaire and organic foods fan shows how — with a touch of ingenuity and a bit of effort — you can turn a block of dandelion weeds into a delicious, nutritious and heartwarming tea. All while doing your bit for community service by clearing the land!
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Sourcing organic food in the country

picklesOne of the benefits of living in my small country town is the local food tradition. Sheep, beef, canola and wheat farms dominate the skyline as you approach and the town has a rich tradition of homegrown and homemade food that comes with a close connection with the land.

While it’s true that the local supermarket does excellent business, it’s not hard to find exceptional organic food from townsfolk if you search carefully. For example, getting a packet of fresh, delicious and very affordable eggs from free range chickens is just a matter of following the signs at the farm or local street, asking a neighbour or (more usually) checking the local social media pages. Backyards are bigger here than those postage stamp-sized versions in the city and the extra space well suited for chickens, ducks and a veggie patch. Continue reading “Sourcing organic food in the country”